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Healthier alternatives to ring in the new year

There’s nothing wrong with the occasional cocktail, especially around the holidays. The key is to stay away from super-fruity drinks made with sugary mixers or dessert coffees laced with heavy creams that can quickly set you back 400 or 500 calories. To get a feel for a few light options, we turned to the Girls Gone Sporty Ambassadors to discover a few New Years Eve drinks recipes worth trying.

Creamsicle

For a festive affair and a colorful orange cocktail, simply mix 3-ounces of 3 Olives Cake Vodka in 7-ounces diet orange soda. A single shot of vodka has only 69 calories, so a full drink will set you back 207. According to Kim Prytherch of Barking Mad About Running, this drink tastes just like an orange creamsicle!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces 3 Olives Cake Vodka
  • 28 ounces diet orange soda

Directions:

  1. Shake vodka in a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour chilled orange soda glasses. For a fun affect, rim the glasses with rainbow sprinkles.
  3. Add the vodka evenly to each glass and serve.

Cherry-Osa

You’ll be staying up until the wee hours of the morning on New Years Eve, so why not offer a twist on the classic morning mimosa? This Cherry-Osa recipe provided by Alexandra Cantrell of Healthy Life Happy Wife is the perfect sweet and bubbly cocktail.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Fill each champagne flute 1/3 of the way with cherry juice (about 2 ounces)
  2. Fill the rest of the glass with champagne (about 4 ounces per champagne flute).

For a fun garnish, drop a cherry in each glass! Each serving has approximately 130 to 140 calories.


Hot Cranberry Tea

This recipe can be made with or without alcohol, offering a delicious, warm alternative to cold drinks on a cold night.

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups 100% cranberry juice
  • 4 ounces lemon juice
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons cloves
  • 6 bags Choice Organic Masala Chai tea
  • 1 cup dark rum (optional)

Directions;

  1. Mix cranberry juice, lemon juice, rum, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a saucepan, bringing the liquid to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and add tea bags, steeping the tea for approximately 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags, cinnamon sticks and cloves from the liquid.
  4. Serve and garnish with a slice of lemon or orange, if desired.

This recipe makes approximately eight servings with 150 to 200 calories per 1-cup serving.

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